Arsenal’s visit to the Amex will be the third time that a Brighton & Hove Albion women’s match has been played at the stadium, and one player who could end up featuring in all three games, is Kirsty Barton.
The club’s longest-serving player was in the side that beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 back in December 2015, and Sheffield 3-1 in a FA WSL Spring Series encounter back in May 2017, and she hopes that the match against the title-chasing Gunners will raise the profile of the women’s team even more.
She said, “It’s always a privilege to play at the Amex, and we’re hoping to have a big crowd there, which will hopefully create a good atmosphere.
“It’s a lovely environment and a lovely pitch to be able to play on, and hopefully we can add to our fanbase by bringing more people to the Amex.
“We want them to see the standards that we’re playing at now, and it’s an exciting time for us as a team.”
The midfielder briefly recalled her two previous matches at the stadium against Charlton and Sheffield, which both proved to be significant wins for the side.
“My first game there against Charlton effectively turned into a title decider, because they pushed us all the way for the league that season and those three points pretty much won us the title," she continued.
“The atmosphere was great in that game and when the crowd cheers, it gives you such a boost - that was definitely the case there.
“The Sheffield game was different in the sense that it came at the end of a tough Spring Series campaign, and we going through a rough time with some of our previous results.
“We managed to get the win, which took us into our first-ever season in FAWSL 2 the following September.”
The Gunners need three points to claim the FA Women’s Super League title, and while Barton admits the scrutiny will be on the visitors, she highlighted the importance of putting on a good show for the fans.
“Arsenal could win the league if they win the game, and competition wise it would be the toughest of the three I’ve played at the Amex.
“You can thrive under pressure, but there’s no pressure on us in terms of needing the points to avoid being relegated.
“There is more pressure on Arsenal because they need the points to win the league, but we want to showcase ourselves against a top side and enjoy the occasion - it’s our second to last game of the season, and our last home match too, so we want leave a good impression of ourselves to a big crowd.”
General sale tickets for Sunday’s Women’s Super League match against Arsenal are available at £3 for adults and £1 for under-18s and over 65s. Supporters are also advised that prices on the day of the match will increase to £5 for adults and £2 for under-18s and over-65s.
Tickets are available to purchase now at BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets via the club's ticket site using the print-at-home facility or from the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls to this number are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).
There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for telephone and in-person sales, while an additional charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases where tickets are collected. Online tickets bought through print-at-home are exempt from booking fees.